Ready for Bergen this Thursday! It's a trail that fights back.
We start at the stagecoach trailhead, not Lewis ridge. west on 1-70 to evergreen parkway, take Colorado 74 then right on stage coach road to trailhead
This is a HARD climb and a rowdy decent.
You may be saying, “Enough with the wheel devotionals, Doug!”. Ok, ok. This is the last week and then our wheel will be fully built so we can pedal on. Although, I hope you have enjoyed the series and see how each devotional built off each other. The series started when I broke spokes on my old wheels, and then discovered the rims had micro-cracks so were beyond repair. That led to me purchasing new wheels and inspiration for the series.
We made the imperfect analogy that (1) God is the hub (center and should be the center of our World) and wants us to be fully engaged (I compared the i9 hub with 6 pawls vs. my old hubs that had 3 pawls and much less engagement); (2) we are the broken rim with multiple cracks and there is nothing we can do to connect to the hub, except to accept the gift from God, which is Jesus; (3) Jesus is the spokes that reaches out to us, covers our sins (cracks in the rim) and makes the rim new again, and reunites us to God - Jesus reconnects our broken and sinful nature back to God by his death and resurrection; and (4) eternal life is the lifetime warranty that God offers through Jesus Christ for whoever accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We also discussed adding additional protection to help prevent new cracks from forming in our lives after we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and best tires for traction on our journey with Christ.
The interesting thing is, the wheel is neat in that all parts must work together, or you do not have a wheel. A hub without spokes and a rim will not move your bike. Spokes alone are not particularly useful. Rims are not able to connect to your bike. Even with hub, spokes, and a rim, the bike can move but is not going to be enjoyable without tires. In other words, each component of a wheel has a job to do, yet they are all connected.
Of course, this reminded me of Romans 12:3-8
“3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
and 1 Corinthians 12 (which I encourage you to go read).
The gist of the verses in Romans and 1 Corinthians, is that we all have different gifts, but we are all part of one body in Christ. Just like each component of our wheel has a unique job, all parts must come together to form a wheel. Similarly, in our walk in faith, we all have different gifts. As a result, we should all unite to experience each other's gift so we can work together and experience God more fully. Thus, whether your gift is teaching, leading, encouraging, serving, or giving, for example, you should engage your gift and do so diligently and cheerfully.
To give an example, I am not sure if he would agree but the founding father of the Denver BOMB chapter - Michael Goertz - to me has the gift of encouragement. I can still remember one of the first 5 times I rode with BOMB, he had talked with me enough to know that I was a triathlete desiring to switch from on road to off road triathlon as I loved the dirt - mountain biking - but I needed help on my descending as I was coming from the flatlands of Minnesota. Thus, he intentionally sat behind me on a ride to watch me, encourage me, and then cheerfully give me advice. To me, that was practicing the gift of encouragement. I am sure you have experienced being around someone that engages their gift of encouragement because you feel, well encouraged or uplifted, when you leave the conversation. For others, the gift may be teaching or writing. So, just as each wheel has many components that do not serve the same function, we, as members of one body in Christ, have different gifts. The more we tap into that gift and share it, the more we can fully experience Christ.
Application - spend time discerning your spiritual gift(s).
Read the Bible to identify all the spiritual gifts talked about (more than those listed in Romans or 1 Corinthians). Do any of those resonate with you?
Ask your Christian friends to see what they observe.
Pray to God - the Holy Spirit may reveal this to you.
Once identified, practice it, share it, and encourage others to share their gifts.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 7/8/2021, 6pm
Where: Bergen - stagecoach trailhead
Directions: 32281 Stagecoach Blvd, Evergreen, CO 80439
Questions: Reply to this email or join the facebook group
Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver